1006A Tuesday/Thursday 11:30-12:50
Sept. 2005 to Apr. 2006
Office: 216 Holy Cross
Ph: 460-0394 or by appointment
Humans are social animals; we are happiest, (and, sometimes, most frustrated)
when we feel like we belong. The texts on this course explore some of
the many, varied human communities - from the simple pairings of friends
or lovers, or the family in many of its possible permutations, to the
hive-lives of a prison hierarchy or a city's organized anarchy. Furthermore,
any individual's identity can change drastically depending on social
context. The books in this course approach the concept of identity
in society in different forms, from an non-fiction memoirs through
poetry and drama, to wildly imaginative descriptions of possible future
histories. The writing required of students will be equally varied,
with assignments ranging from short expository memoirs to creative writing
choices, though we will concentrate on developing the skill required
to write a good analytical essay. These particular assignments and texts
were chosen to develop your abilities to communicate effectively within
the communities to which you belong.
Caron, Roger. Go-Boy: Memories of a Life Behind Bars
Eliot, George. The Lifted Veil
Hacker, Diana. A Canadian Writers Reference
Haddon, Mark. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
Robinson, Spider. Callahan's Crosstime Saloon.
Shakespeare, William. A Winter's Tale.
Trainor, Yvonne. Tom Three Persons
Zindel, Paul. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.
Photocopied course materials.
Brannah, Kenneth dir. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Ridley Scott Blade Runner
A good desk dictionary is highly recommended (i.e. Websters or
September will include an intensive writing review, with four
small assignments worth 2% each. These assignments will be explained
clearly in class, and in a handout.
You will write five papers in total. The first, of about 500
words (two typed, double-spaced pages), will be derived from work done
in the writing excercises, and will be worth 7%. Two more essays of
about 750 words each (three double-spaced, typed pages) will be worth
10% each. There will be one in-class essay, also worth 10%. The final
essay will be slightly longer - 1000 to 1250 words, or 4-5 pages - and
will be worth 15%.
We will cover essay writing techniques and formalities extensively in
class, and I am available during my office hours or by appointment,
to help with any aspect of your writing.
The 10% Participation Mark will ensure that students are present
in class, and that they have read and understood the readings assigned
for that day. It will be based on (1) contributions to class discussion,
and (2) unscheduled quizzes about the readings for that day. There
are no make-up quizzes.
The two exams - one each in December and April - will be worth 15% each.
They are tentatively scheduled for Saturday December 11 at 9:00 am,
and April 16 at 9:00am. We will discuss the form of the exam in class.
Exercises (4 at 2% each)
essay, 500 words
essay, in class
essay, 750 words
essay, 750 wds
(research) essay, 1000-1250 words
Exam, on material from the whole year
Essays and individual
assignments are due at the beginning of the class period indicated
on the work outline. Extensions must be requested at least one day
before the assignment is due; the extensions form must be filled out.
Students who submit late written assignments for reasons beyond their
control will not be penalized if they inform the instructor of their
situation at least one day before the assignment is due. When appropriate,
documentation of the need for an extended due date will be required.
All other late assignments will have 10% of the assigned grade deducted
for the first late day, and another 10% for the second to seventh
days. This method of calculation includes weekends. After one
week, the assignment will not be accepted.
For those who miss the exams or in-class essay for a legitimate, documented
reason, a make-up exam/essay will be arranged.
EVALUATION, ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
On pages10-11 of
the University Calendar there is a general Statement of Mutual Academic
Expectations. Specifically for this class you will be expected to
show respect for your fellow students, as well as your own education,
- having read
the material scheduled for the day;
- being responsible for getting handouts that you may have missed;
- showing up on time with the correct book;
- not preparing to leave before time; and
- by keeping in mind that this is a classroom, not a cafeteria or
Check out pp 241-243
of the university calendar for an explanation of letter grades and GPAs.
See pp 244-46 for
the rules governing academic misconduct. Plagiarism is the representation
of someone else's ideas, data, or opinions as your own. It is a serious
form of intellectual dishonesty. University regulations on plagiarism
and cheating will be strictly enforced. We will discuss how to avoid
plagiarism in class. Please come see me if you have any questions about
what constitutes plagiarism.
Letter / number
grade equivalents for this course are as follows:
|A+ = 95-100%
|A = 90-94%
||F= below 50%
McConnell / English
/ Faculty / STU